A mellow French President

November 17th, 2010 at 6:04 pm by David Farrar

A friend of mine, Emma Mellow, has just headed off to the UK and USA where she is going to geek out with politics and study for a few months. Yes, she is an even bigger political geek than me.

On her way over to London, she had a day in Hong Kong catching up with friends, and they headed out to a local bar at the Mandarin Hotel.

When there a group of people enter, and several of them look like bodyguards. A closer stare reveals that the visitor is in fact the 5th President of France – Jacques Chirac.

Nothing at that stage could have stopped Emma, and after she convinced his security team she was not a menace, she got to meet Chirac. Her rusty French skills were put to the test as Chirac talked to her about politics, encouraged her to stand one day (not that she needs much encouragement!) and told her good places to visit in Paris and Lyon. Chirac was charming as only the French can be!

So a very nice photo of her with Chirac. My challenge to her is to get Sarkozy and Cameron also 🙂

Silly Young Nationals

July 31st, 2010 at 9:20 pm by David Farrar

The Dom Post reports:

The board of the National Party will be asked to consider expelling one of its young members.

A falling-out among the Young Nats saw Emma Mellow, 20, barred – and then reinvited – to the party conference this month.

Now some Auckland members have moved to put a motion before the board asking it to throw out the former northern regional chairwoman.

Young Nats president Daniel Fielding confirmed a motion would be put before the board at its meeting next month to consider “allegations” against Ms Mellow.

“There are people that have issues with her and they are discussing that with the board and I suppose expulsion could be one possibility. The only organ in the party that has the power to do that is the board. They haven’t been formally approached yet.”

Oh Good God. The Board, I am sure, will tell the aggrieved parties to stop wasting time trying to screw each other over, and instead spend more time on trying to screw Labour over.

Cactus Kate has her say on it here.

I’m just proud then when I was on the Young Nationals Executive, the only person we ever resolved to ask the Board to expel from the Party was the then Hon Winston Peters.